If your hubby was properly titrated (to a pressure that eliminates or nearly eliminates apneas and hypopneas), then he will be fine. It is true that alcohol further relaxes the tissues which cause obstructive sleep apnea. It is also true that pressure is not related to severity of apnea. So, while your husband may attempt to have more events after drinking, the pap should do its job by keeping his airway open. No matter what, he is MUCH better off on the pap than without it. It is also true that everyone really needs to be honest with their doctor about these kinds of lifestyle issues. Is hubby's machine data capable? Can he view his nightly or weekly events? He should keep tabs on his AHI if at all possible. I noticed that after the Super Bowl (a high holy day of massive partying at my house), my AHI did indeed spike for the night--the weekly average went from 0.2 to a whopping 0.3. Yay, CPAP!!!
Respironics M Series Pro w/C-Flex
Mirage Micro nasal mask/Opus 360 nasal pillows/Hybrid
12 cm pressure/71 AHI/52% desat
diagnosed September, 2008 (suffering since birth)
Female, age 44